Takes impact protection to the next level.
The Endura MT500 helmet is pricey but you are getting a lightweight, well-vented trail lid that takes impact protection to the next level.
Tucked into the vents in Endura’s brand new MT500 trail helmet are Koroyd inserts, the same stuff used in the Smith Forefront helmet.
The idea behind this honeycomb polymer is it adds an extra layer of protection but without reducing venting. Endura says the Koroyd inserts reduce the risk of a skull fracture by over 35%, and since the material reduces the overall force of the impact, it also helps dissipate rotational forces, so works similar to a MIPS liner.
Adding Koroyd to the MT500 is costly but this helmet is crammed with up to date features. Like a four-position peak that allows you to park your goggles underneath, a strap channel round the side and a clip at the back to hold it securely.
The Antibacterial sweat pad is shaped and channelled to increase airflow and is also one-piece, so can be removed/laundered easily.
A dial retention device can be turned one-handed and has a three-position height adjustment for fine-tuning the fit. Icing on the cake? A clip-on accessory mount for a headlight or GoPro.
We tested 12 trail helmets recently and the MT500 is lighter than most of them but it’s also extremely solid and stable when you put it on.
It’s bottom wrapped for extra durability and even comes with a storage bag to keep it nice. If I was being picky, and I can be with a helmet costing this much, the visor doesn’t quite match colour wise and the elastic band on the chinstrap is way too flimsy.
The MT500 is also pricey, only the POC Tectal we tested recently costs more, but you are getting a lightweight, well-vented trail lid that takes impact protection to the next level.